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Powerpoint Presentation Comparative Analysis: Sex Appeal In Dracula And Its Appropriations

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Note: Powerpoint presentation is attached- Sex appeal was, at the time of the production of 'Dracula' a very much repressed value. It was common in people's thoughts however was considered unacceptable by the dominant beliefs of the nineteenth century society.- Bram Stoker attempts to reverse this rejection through subtle inclusions in his novel, particularly through the character of Dracula.- Jonathon and Mina Harker are presented as models of chastity. Stoker avoids any overt treatment of the sexuality of these characters, choosing rather to display these values as repressed and hidden desires, only being revealed in the most private form - a diary.- Jonathon describes his sexual desire towards Dracula's seducing mistresses. "All three had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips. There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear. I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips. It is not good to note this down; lest some day it should meet Mina's eyes and cause her pain; but it is the truth. (Dracula, p. 46).- Dracula is represented in Bram Stoker's novel 'Dracula' as an irresistible lover who sucks away energy, ambition, or even life for selfish reasons.' Ernest Jones, 'On the Nightmare', 1931 (p. 151).- Dracula's thirst for blood and the manner in which he satisfies his thirst can be interpreted as sexual desire which fails to observe any of society's attempts to control it - prohibitions against polygamy, promiscuity, and homosexuality.' Carol A. Senf, 'Dracula: The Unseen Face in the Mirror', 1979 (pp. 94)- The bite of Dracula is commonly associated with a kiss and in the nineteenth century a kiss is a bold form of sexual expression. Apart from the act of the kiss adding to the sex appeal in the novel, the description of the luscious red relates to modern day sex appeal. Red is the colour of passion and is commonly used to...

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